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Video: BMXer Tyrone Williams gets rad on New York Citi Bike

They're not light, but at least they're tough as old boots...

We've all seen BMXers leaping about in amazing ways on their purpose-built 20-inch-wheeled bikes, but how would they go on something rather heavier and more ponderous? Pretty damn well if this video of Tyrone Williams on a New York Citibike is anything to go by.

Citi Bike's are New York's equivalent of London's Boris Bikes. Launched in May, it was greeted with general approval ands, this being the US, a lawsuit about property values. Wall Street Journal editorial board member Dorothy Rabinowitz called the programme  'dreadful' and accused Mayor Michael Bloomberg of running a 'totalitarian' city government that was 'begriming' the city's best neighbourhoods, as well as trotting out just about every other anti-bike cliché in history.


John has been writing about bikes and cycling for over 30 years since discovering that people were mug enough to pay him for it rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work.

He was heavily involved in the mountain bike boom of the late 1980s as a racer, team manager and race promoter, and that led to writing for Mountain Biking UK magazine shortly after its inception. He got the gig by phoning up the editor and telling him the magazine was rubbish and he could do better. Rather than telling him to get lost, MBUK editor Tym Manley called John’s bluff and the rest is history.

Since then he has worked on MTB Pro magazine and was editor of Maximum Mountain Bike and Australian Mountain Bike magazines, before switching to the web in 2000 to work for Along with founder Tony Farrelly, John was on the launch team for and subsequently became editor in chief of Future Publishing’s group of cycling magazines and websites, including Cycling Plus, MBUK, What Mountain Bike and Procycling.

John has also written for Cyclist magazine, edited the BikeMagic website and was founding editor of before handing over to someone far more representative of the site's main audience.

He joined in 2013. He lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.

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Collett73 | 10 years ago

As impressive as this riding is, it is also incredibly disrespectful to the bikes.
Providing this facility is a fantastic way to promote cycling in the city. If this form of selfish vandalism carries on, the scheme will soon become too expensive to maintain and will be abandoned. Then you'll be complaining about those 'anti-cycling' fools in charge.
Please stop promoting it.

Jeemahn replied to Collett73 | 10 years ago

 4 Relax Collett  3

fancynancy | 10 years ago

 105 Awesome! Best use of one of those ghastly bikes I have ever seen  16

MrGear | 10 years ago

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